Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Saying GoodBye to Sgt. Adam Kennedy

Colin Kennedy kissed the casket of his brother Army Sergeant Adam Kennedy at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. (Globe Staff Photo / Bill Greene)
Yesterday, lost among the news coverage of the horror at Virginia Tech, was Sgt. Adam Kennedy's funeral.

Soldier Receives Grand Send Off - Boston Globe
Honor, courage, determination, humor, friendship, and faith.
Those are the attributes Army Sergeant Adam P. Kennedy represented to his brother Colin and six of the soldier’s friends, who eulogized the Iraq casualty Tuesday before several hundred mourners at St. Jude’s Church.

Adam Was My Best Friend....My Hero - Boston Globe
Adam was my best friend and also my hero," Colin Kennedy said from the pulpit. "He went out and lived his childhood dream."
When Colin Kennedy was finished and when all the tributes and consolations were over, Kennedy's relatives, friends, comrades, and neighbors stood at their pews and filled the overflowing church with the sound of a long, standing ovation
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Norfolk Army soldier killed in Iraq blast laid to rest - Boston Herald
Monsignor Peter Conley, the church’s pastor, called Kennedy’s loss “a test of faith.”
“Let it not be whispered, let it not be thought, that Adam Kennedy died in vain,” Conley said. “He did not. This is a man who kept his promise . . . and his promise was to us.”

Norfolk mourns a son - The Sun Chronicle
At the end of the service, state police, clad in black boots and white gloves, clasped their hands behind their backs. The military honor guard gently carried the casket and some onlookers quietly shed tears as it passed them by.

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Update. This comment was left and I wanted to pull it up here.

My name is SGT Atkin, of the 10th Mountain Aviation regiment. We were honored to take part in the funeral for SGT Kennedy.

The people pictured in the photo carrying the casket from the church are;

Front Left, SPC Maddox

Center Left, SPC Morales

Back Left, SPC Kurtock

Front Right, SPC Truxell

Center Right, SPC Thomas

Back Right, SGT Atkin

Other members of the funeral team not pictured include;

1LT Turner

SSG Doran

SPC Solano

SPC Jenkins

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Thank you, Sgt. Atkin.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you.
SB

SGT Atkin said...

My name is SGT Atkin, of the 10th Mountain Aviation regiment. We were honored to take part in the funeral for SGT Kennedy. The people pictured in the photo carrying the casket from the church are;
Front Left, SPC Maddox
Center Left, SPC Morales
Back Left, SPC Kurtock
Front Right, SPC Truxell
Center Right, SPC Thomas
Back Right, SGT Atkin
Other members of the funeral team not pictured include;
1LT Turner
SSG Doran
SPC Solano
SPC Jenkins